Obituaries

Fr. Dennis Riley

Pastor emeritus

Father Dennis S. Riley, 66, died April 15. He was pastor emeritus of St. Angela Parish.

Born in Chicago, Father Riley attended Paul Revere Elementary School, St. Bernard School, Quigley Preparatory Seminary South, Loyola University Chicago and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1979.

According to Father Philip Kiley, who said Father Riley was his best friend, Father Riley also earned a post-graduate degree in African-American Studies. 

After ordination to priesthood, Father Riley was associate pastor at St. Charles Lwanga, St. Margaret of Scotland, Holy Rosary and St. Ambrose. He served as pastor of St. Angela until 2001, when he became pastor emeritus.

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Fr. Gerald Mulcahy

Pastor

Father Gerald F. Mulcahy, 81, died April 23. He was most recently pastor of St. Patricia Parish, Hickory Hills.

Father Mulcahy was born in Chicago and attended St. Frances of Rome School in Cicero, Quigley Preparatory Seminary, and the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1962.

He was assistant pastor at St. Edward; St. Louise de Marillac, LaGrange Park; and Queen of All Saints Basilica; and associate pastor at St. Monica; St. Mary, Riverside; and St. Giles, Oak Park. In 1989, Father Mulcahy was named pastor of St. Patricia, where he served until he retired in 2007.

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Fr. James O’Connor

Pastor emeritus
1997-2014

Father James T. O’Connor, 89, died April 27. He was pastor emeritus of St. Hugh Parish, Lyons.

Father O’Connor was born in Chicago and attended St. Francis Xavier School, LaGrange; Quigley Preparatory Seminary; and University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1954.

Father O’Connor was assistant pastor at Resurrection (Jackson Street); St. Francis de Sales (Ewing Avenue); Divine Savior, Norridge; and St. James, Maywood.

He was pastor of Our Lady of Loretto, Hometown; St. Joseph, Libertyville; and St. Hugh, Lyons.

In 1994, he was given the title of pastor emeritus.  

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Sr. Theresa Ann Brames

Homemaker, driver

School Sister of St. Francis Theresa Ann (Irita) Brames, 84, died March 28 in Milwaukee.

Born in Indiana, Sister Therese Ann was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1949 and made her final vows in 1957.

Beginning in 1950, Sister Theresa Ann ministered in Wisconsin and Illinois as a homemaker and driver for nearly seven decades. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served as a homemaker at St. William Convent (1950-1959). In retirement, Sister Theresa Ann served in the ministry of prayer and presence at Sacred Heart in Milwaukee from 2015 until the time of her death.

Sister Theresa Ann is survived by her sister Louise Sekel and her brother Charles Brames.

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Sr. Mary Readdy

Educator

School Sister of St. Francis Mary (Violette) Readdy, 83, died April 2 in Schaumburg. 

Sister Mary was received into the School Sisters of St. Francis in 1953 and made her final vows in 1961.

Sister Mary ministered in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska for more than six decades. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served as a guidance counselor at Providence St. Mel High School (1984-1985); and taught at Alvernia High School (1985-1989), St. Benedict High School (1989-1990) and Holy Trinity High School (1990-2012). 

Sister Mary retired in 2012 and was serving in the ministry of prayer and presence in Schaumburg.

Sr. Elizabeth Scully

Educator

Sister Elizabeth (St. Laura of Mary) Scully of the Congregation of Notre Dame died April 21 in Wilton, Connecticut.

She entered the Congregation of Notre Dame in Montreal in 1946 and professed her perpetual vows in 1954.

Sister Elizabeth served as principal of St. Jude the Apostle School, South Holland, as well as teacher and principal in New York and Connecticut schools. 

She was mistress of novices and provincial leader in the United States province of her congregation, and she ministered in the Catholic schools office of the Diocese of Providence, Rhode Island, and the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey.

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Sr. Judith Ann Seefeld

Educator

Adrian Dominican Sister Judith Ann (James Charles) Seefeld, 78, died April 30 in Adrian, Michigan. 

Born in Michigan, she was in the 60th year of her religious profession.

She ministered in Michigan, Florida, Illinois and California. 

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught elementary school at Queen of Angels (1960-1964), St. Lawrence (1966-1971) and St. Rita (1971-1974).
Sister Judith is survived by four sisters: Janet Seefeld, Joan Yingling, Jean Jackson and Joyce Seefeld.

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Educator

BVM Sister Marian (William Marie) Hurley, 90, died May 1 in Dubuque, Iowa. 
Born in Minnesota, she entered the BVM congregation in 1946, from St. Jerome Parish, Chicago. She professed final vows in 1954.
In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Marian taught elementary school at St. Gilbert, Grayslake; St. Eulalia, Maywood; St. Charles; and St. Cornelius, where she also served as principal. She also ministered in New York and California.
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Fr. Ronald Lewandowski

Associate pastor

Father Ronald C. Lewandowski, 80, died April 6. He had been associate pastor at St. Patrick Parish, Wadsworth, until retiring in 2008.

Father Lewandowski was born in Chicago and attended St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr School and Lane Technical High School.

He earned a bachelor’s degree at Wright City College in 1959 and a master’s degree in Divinity at Sacred Heart School of Theology in 1995 in Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1995.

Father Lewandowski was associate pastor of Our Lady of the Wayside, Arlington Heights (1995-2000); St. Anne (2000-02); and St. Patrick, Wadsworth (2002-2008).

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Fr. Ronald Gollatz

Pastor

Father Ronald J. Gollatz, 72, died April 17. He was most recently the pastor of Transfiguration Parish, from 2007 to 2016.

Born in Chicago, Father Gollatz attended Our Lady of Help of Christians School and Quigley North. He earned a bachelor’s degree at DePaul University in 1968 and a master’s degree in at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary before being ordained in 1972.

He served as assistant pastor at St. Celestine, Elmwood Park, and as associate pastor of St. Bride; St. Martha, Morton Grove; St. Emily, Mount Prospect; and St. Gilbert, Grayslake.

He served as pastor of St. Thaddeus, St. Francis de Sales, Lake Zurich; and Transfiguration.

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